brythain wrote:What do you think have been the most convincing 'spinoffs', or the most painful?
Hard to really properly categorize "convincing" or "painful". On the one hand, I don't think many fanfic writers have managed to capture the "voice" of the VN, but a good majority haven't even tried, because it's not what's important. I'd probably say "Direction"
felt the most like it "got" its characters. It wasn't perfect, but it was damn good.
As for "painful", I doubt you're referring to "[Blatant Self-insert]'s Story" by [Blatant Self-insert]. For crushing you under the heel of unfeeling, uncaring reality, it's still pretty hard to top Doomish's work. I remember reading a few more recent works that were in the running, but even that was ages ago.
Which ones felt most like KS, or made you feel most like KS made you feel?
In all honesty, I don't think I can think of anything to answer this one. The visual novel is both more and less than a text format. On the one hand, a VN incorporates visuals, music, motion, sound effects, all which can enhance the mood. On the other, rather than describe the tears welling up in a character's eyes, or a character frowining, or staring wistfully off in the distance, it it normally a better option for the VN to use <display: charactersprite_sadface.png> (or, for key narrative moments, <display: charactersad_cg.png>). Generally, when works caught my attention, it was because they were quality works, not because they were another hit of KS to feed the addiction.
What are the things that made you want to write your own?
Ostensibly, my motivation for writing was more related to what I didn't
see, but that's probably more subject to interpretation than I'd admit. As for authors whose works convinced me that writing a fanficiton was worth doing, Doomish and Scissorlips easily top the list. While many (myself included) consider Scissorlips's PseuPseuSu
to be a slow-moving train wreck, his one-shots are (generally) beyond reproach. Similarly, Doomish far too readily delved into the dark corners of our psyche that most would rather have left unexplored, but he also wrote plenty of lighter, more uplifting pieces as well. In both cases, I'd say they were among the most technically proficient authors to have graced these forums.
I'm sure there are plenty more worthy of attention, but either I haven't finished reading them, or the authors haven't finished writing them. There's one or two in particular who I really wish would get off their lazy butts and finish what they started, but I'm sure they have plenty of excuses which may be legitimate, but really aren't satisfactory. I'd like to believe they haven't abandoned it, though.